Today is an important day for free agents, as teams must decide by 5 PM ET if they will extend a $15.3 million qualifying offer to each of their free agents. If a free agent receives the qualifying offer from their team, they have exactly one week to either accept it or decline it and be tied to draft pick compensation.
Over the first two years of this system, 22 free agents have been extended the qualifying offer and all 22 have declined. It will be interesting to see if this year brings the first accepted offer.
As decisions come in today, we will keep track of which free agents have been offered the $15.3 million qualifying offer. Players are listed below if they have been officially informed that the offer will be made.
Orioles: OF Nelson Cruz
Tigers: RHP Max Scherzer, DH Victor Martinez
Royals: RHP James Shields
Yankees: RHP David Robertson
Blue Jays: OF Melky Cabrera
Braves: RHP Ervin Santana
Rockies: OF Michael Cuddyer
Dodgers: IF Hanley Ramirez
Pirates: C Russell Martin, LHP Francisco Liriano
Giants: 3B Pablo Sandoval